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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed to commemorate the 375th Anniversary Celebration for the first town (Lewes) in the first state (Delaware), this is an old Dutch-style Rye Bokbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2016
2006 bottle. Pours a dark yet clear red with a small khaki head. Nose is oxidation and sweet caramel malts. Taste is the same with a touch of the rye spice. Loads of wet cardboard and faded hops but it’s still very tasty and drinkable. Held up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours unclear amber with a beige head. Aroma is delicious sweet caramel malts, almost like a barleywine but really smooth. Flavor is similar, some aged yeast and sweet caramel malts, with a bit of a zing on the ending and smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2006 Bottle shared from a friends cellar. Pours a hazy amber in color with a fluffy white head. Amazingly light smokey nose with some sour fruit. The flavor is mellow fruit, pine, and some smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
(750ml bottle from Susan!!!) This was a big want of mine! Pours hazy orange/light ruby. White head with little carbonation. Aroma is caramel, candied sugar. Taste is sweet with a bit of bitterness, but not much. Medium bodied with sticky texture. This is smooth. Many, many thanks for this surprise. A nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4169) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
outstanding! can’t say enough good about it! raisiny flavour common to higher abv beers but this is mellow and very smooth. released april 2006, i bought it in june 2006 and left it in storage until jan 2009. it was almost three years old when i drank it and i wish i had more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
20th March 2009
Hazy amber brown beer. Creamy off white head. Very soft palate and a very sweet beer! Sweet malt and caramel. Soft ending with a hint of aniseed. A simple beer but very very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Tasted from a 750mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town in February. The date is smudged, but I can read that it was bottled in 2006. The pour is crystal clear amber-orange with a thin beige head that leaves a solid lace collar. The nose is still very much alive with sweet rye maltiness, a lot of caramel, with cereal, cinnamon bread, and light underlying orange notes. The flavor is not quite as lively. It is dominated by very sweet malt with underlying cinnamon, allspice, and orange. The body is medium with light carbonation and short sweet baking spice finish. If anyone out there is still holding onto this, drink it now. This beer is not going to last a whole lot longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bottle at Bill B’s 2010 summer beer tasting party. Bottle dated 4/14/2006. Pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off white head. Slightly oxidized aroma and a bit of fusel alcohol. Mostly rye though. Perhaps a bit of cheese to the aroma. Serious sweetness with lots of honey and maple sugar. The rye flavors have blended very well. My best flavor description would be marzipan! Aging has worked very well for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4186) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2006 bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA, shared at a tasting surrounding the Bruery hoopla. Pours a somewhat hazy dark amber color with a nice off-white head and some decent lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, and very dark fruity. Caramel, toffee, plum, and raisin stand out. Flavor is also loads of dark fruit - plum, raisin, and fig mostly - very sweet, with caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and wood. Some mild sherry-like oxidation going on. Medium-full on the body and somewhat syrupy with fairly soft carbonation. I like what they did here overall, even if it’s not a standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 27/09/2009 Big malt aroma. Golden amber coloured rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a crisp and slightly dry malt finish.

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